5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Facelift Surgery

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Facelift Surgery

Sun damage, aging, smoking, and even menopause can lead to sagging and stretching of the facial features, causing lines, wrinkles, and drooping. A traditional facelift can help address these issues, giving you back a taut, youthful appearance.You can actively participate in making your facelift results last as long as possible after your surgery.

At DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery in Miami, Florida, Dr. Ernest M. DiGeronimo can help determine if facelift surgery is the right approach for you, and educate you on aftercare and maintenance. 

Making the most of your facelift surgery

Facelift surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures requested, and Dr. DiGeronimo is an expert in the field. He consults with you about your hopes and desires for your facial appearance, helps you set expectations, and carefully plans your surgery to deliver optimal results.

Here are five things you can do on your end to help everything go smoothly and make the most of your facelift surgery.

1. Make sure you are doing the facelift for yourself

It’s never a good idea to commit to plastic surgery because someone else wants you to “have a little work done.” Make sure you are choosing a facelift for the right reasons. Be honest with your doctor about your motivation, so he can help ensure you get the best treatment for your needs and the long-term solution that is right for you. 

2. Manage your expectations

Another common problem faced by facelift surgery candidates is not understanding the limitations of a facelift. This can lead to procedure after procedure chasing an ideal that just isn’t possible. Dr. DiGeronimo is committed to making sure you are clear on what a facelift can and can’t do for you, so you don’t undergo multiple surgeries. Instead, you can be happy with your looks for years to come.

3. Prepare your body for surgery

If you smoke, stop. If you take blood thinners, coordinate between your regular doctor and Dr. DiGeronimo to make sure it’s safe for you to stop taking them two weeks before surgery, and that you’re cleared for the operation. If you take herbal supplements, make sure to tell us as many of them can have a blood thinning effect as well. The healthier you are going into surgery, the better and longer lasting your results will be.

4. Plan aftercare out in advance

Make sure you have someone available to drive you home. Raise the head of your bed by putting some books under the legs, so your head will be elevated. Ensure you have easy to eat foods prepared, and that you have all necessary items to bathe without getting your face wet. If possible, have someone stay with you for a few days after your facelift surgery. The more care taken during your recovery, the faster you’ll heal and the better your facelift results will be.

5. Maintain your face after surgery

Dr. DiGeronimo will discuss your immediate aftercare, but you’ll also need to plan for a future of good skin care to keep your facelift looking great for years. Giving up smoking and tanning can help prevent your skin from aging as swiftly. Wear sunscreen, use moisturizer, and add more fruits and veggies to your diet to support skin health. 

These five steps can help you play a supporting role in your facelift surgery, from the planning stages to the long-term care of your face.The result will be an appearance you can be happy with for years to come.

Self-conscious about your aging face? Schedule a consultation by calling 208-225-4358, or request an appointment online

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